Mass. gets boost from shale boom

The unlocking of natural gas reserves hundreds of miles away promises to benefit Massachusetts companies and the state economy.

Through a nonprofit established by his administration last year called Moving Massachusetts Forward, the Patrick administration collected $130,000 from five donors, according to ethics disclosure forms filed by the governor.

Big donors helping Patrick travel

A substantial portion of the funding for Governor Patrick’s two second-term international trade missions has come from a handful of powerful executives and companies.

Brian McGrory

The benefits of political friendship

Try as I might to leave the Liberty Mutual lunacy behind, someone keeps drawing me back, and that someone is Governor Deval Patrick.

Everett crossing guard struck by truck, seriously injured

A 71-year-old woman suffered life-threatening injuries when she was hit by a Massachusetts Water Resources Authority pickup truck.

Facebook, underwriters sued by investors over IPO

Facebook and underwriters including Morgan Stanley, Goldman Sachs, and JPMorgan Chase were sued.

Clockwise from above: Shrimp and grits; one of Gem’s signature dishes.


dining out

‘Ultra exclusive’ Gem sends mixed messages

At Gem Restaurant & Lounge, the latest project from Big Night Entertainment, decor and staff are outrageous, but comfort food shines.


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It took about 12 years, lots of hard work, and a healthy sense of youthful invincibility for Andy Husbands and Chris Hart to win 30 Kansas City Barbecue Society championships.

Cheap Eats

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Two popular burger places at other locations: Wild Willy’s Burgers in Quincy and Four Burgers in Boston.

On baseball

// Sox Orioles Baseball.JPEG-0d955-2657--90x90.jpg Why is David Ortiz so angry?

Ortiz claimed in a rant this week that he gets “no respect.” But in reality, few players around MLB are more respected than the Red Sox DH.

Globe 100

From Sunday’s Globe | Globe 100

Left to right: Monalisa Smith of Mothers for Justice and Equality, David Hunter of REBIScan, Hugh Herr of iWalk, and David Cancel of HubSpot.

The most innovative people in Massachusetts

These 12 pioneering individuals embody the creativity and ambition that distinguish our state.